I have a sink and never let them at the water with tempera anyway. Use a limited palette and teach color mixing by having them double load the brush and mix on the paper. Wipe the brush with a paper towel rather than rinse before changing colors. Doing it this way actually gives you more unity by making the colors relate to each other more than if they were to rinse after each color. You can bring the bucket out and wash the brushes when class is over.
No rinsing at the sink with watercolors either. We clean the kits at the end of the lesson by simply wiping them clean with a paper towel dipped in the paint water.
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>Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2006 09:08:30 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Steph Katele <email@example.com>
>Subject: [teacherartexchange] No sink in my classroom
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I'm a first year art teacher in an elementary school.
>My classroom doesn't have a sink, but there is a boy's
>bathroom right next door. I have 8 tables in my room
>with 4-5 students at each, depending on the class. I
>want to start painting with watercolors (my students
>are nowhere near ready for tempera/acrylics
>behavior-wise, although they're getting better). I am
>thinking of using a small bucket for each table to
>clean their brushes in, or a yogurt container for each
>student. The only thing is that they will need to
>change their water often when using tempera.
>Has anyone taught in a room without a sink? How did
>you handle clean-up? Thanks alot.
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